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From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: OK to distribute some GPL (with special exclusion) licensed build tools?
Date Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:39:50 GMT
Is Singa "distributing this file as part of a program that contains a
configuration script generated by Autoconf"?

On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 8:18 PM, Justin Mclean <justin@classsoftware.com>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> While reviewing an Singa (incubating) release. I notice it had a couple of
> GPL (with special exclusion) in the source made by autoconf/automake. It
> seems this has been discussed before [1][2][3] and it’s OK to distribute
> these files in Apache releases.
>
> However some of our documentation may be out of step with that - does it
> need to change?
> - This states that special exceptions to the GPL are not allowed [2].
> Except for this special exception which is!
> - Should the section under the build tools question mention GPL with this
> special exception as OK? [4]
>
> For a release contain files in this manner:
> - Do we need to mention this in LICENSE?
> - Do we need to distribute GPL text in COPYING as indicated in the GPL
> with exception header text?
>
> JFYI The text of the exclusion is:
> # As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> # distribute this file as part of a program that contains a
> # configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under
> # the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that program.
>
> Thanks,
> Justin
>
> 1. http://markmail.org/thread/trsh3f3ucycxlgfm
> 2. http://markmail.org/thread/wtbf7tb2ooysk3ok
> 3. https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-58
> 4. http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#build-tools
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